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Interview with Sergio Castellar (Pavapark)

 

Sergio Castellar from Pavapark gave us an interview in which he talked about his experience working with Urbiotica.

Pavapark is a Valencian Company specialized in urban mobility, part of the PAVASAL Group, which has been active for 75 years. Pavapark is a leader in urban mobility management, Smart City solutions and in the integration of people with difficult access to the labor market.

 

Sergio, can you explain how you got to know Urbiotica?

It all began with a project we had in Calpe (Alicante). We wanted to implement technology to get occupancy information and test the single space sensing systems. In order to do so, we carried out a market research. We finally selected Urbiotica because it had the most mature solution and because it was the one that best suited the problems we had in Calpe. In this way, we sensed 34 regulated parking spaces located in Alemania Street and installed a Variable Message Sign to identify the available spaces.

 

Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others?

We analyzed other options such as solutions using loops or cameras. Pavapark always looks for the best technology according to the client needs and in this sense, single space sensor detection was the solution that best adapted to the installation. We looked over other projects implemented by Urbiotica in some municipalities, which conveyed us confidence, and so we chose to work with Urbiotica. The other systems didn’t fit in the conditions and needs required for this project. We see that other types of systems are not mature enough yet.

 

Tell us about the last project you carried out in cooperation with Urbiotica in Alzira (Valencia). You installed a sum of 70 U-Spot sensors in 2 phases to collect information about the occupation and be able to transmit it through VMS.

Indeed, we installed 70 sensors on Santos Patronos Street, a commercial and central street in which there is a lot of vehicle rotation. The City Council needed to have information about the use made of the spaces. The system is located in a regulated parking area and therefore helps us to know the rotations and productivity of those spaces. It allows us to know how long a vehicle has been parked and when it exceeds the time limit, which in this case is 2 hours. We have placed 2 VMS that give real time information concerning the number of free spaces allowing drivers to decide to look for another option to park their vehicles if there are few spaces available.

 

 

Moviltik is an App using the data collected by the system. How did the integration work?

It’s a regulated parking area. We use this application for parking payment management. With the new system integrated in the application, now through Moviltik app we also inform users of the number of available spaces. We access via API and collect the data from the system to notify the user through this App.

As for the installation, we connected the concentrators to the electrical network of the municipality street lamps. The deployment of the sensors was very simple. Everything is working very well.

 

 

Are you satisfied with Urbiotica’s parking solutions?

We are very satisfied with the solution. On one side, we would like to point out that the delivery and supply of all the material is very fast because it is a proved and tested solution that works well. On the other side, the installation is not complex and the civil work that needs to be done is relatively simple. And above all, it is very important for us that when we have had an urgency in times of implementation, Urbiotica has responded according to our needs and the technical support is immediate. The availability of Urbiotica technicians is total.

 

Regarding the relationship, attention and follow-up of the project. How did you feel working with Urbiotica?

We’re delighted. Both technically and commercially. The response on your side has always been immediate. You have always attended us, and we have been able to resolve any incident quickly.

 

Can you tell us about the improvements or benefits of this system for the citizen as well as for the parking manager?

Facilitating parking in this downtown area leads to a decrease in congestion. In the same way, this reduces the stress of the citizen when looking for parking, making this procedure easy and fast. In addition, the commerce and services are revitalized because the citizens move more to the city center than before.

The overall system also has a clear benefit for the parking manager as he can see that there is more rotation and that vehicles are no longer left parked indefinitely. The team is provided with the necessary information to make predictions and design actions and mobility policies based on real data and thus ensure that there is a more rigorous vigilance of the area and that it is more efficient.

 

And what can you tell us about the final client, the Alzira City Council? Are they satisfied with the solution implemented?

Alzira City Council was delighted with the implementation period we carried out and they are satisfied with the service because they see that it is having a return and that citizens see it as an advantage.

 

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Alzira

 

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Alzira city moves towards a Smart City model with Urbiotica’s technology

 

Alzira is a town in full growth and continuous change.  The city council decided to launch a project to improve parking management which contemplates the deployment of Urbiotica’s solution to achieve efficient, smart and safe mobility.

 

Pavapark is the company that leads the project and selected Urbiotica’s technology as the best one to approach Alzira’s circumstances. Pavapark is a leading company in urban mobility management, Smart City solutions, as well as in the integration of people with difficult access to the labor market. The company, based in Valencia, is committed to innovative mobility solutions that adapt to people’s needs.

 

This deployment aims to ease mobility in the city center by improving the parking management in order to increase user satisfaction, boost the local commerce and at the same time reduce the pollution generated by an excess of vehicles driving in search of a parking space.

 

“We analyzed other options such as solutions using loops or cameras. Pavapark always looks for the best technology according to the client needs and in this sense, single space sensor detection was the solution that best adapted to the installation. We looked over other projects implemented by Urbiotica in some municipalities, which conveyed us confidence, and so we chose to work with Urbiotica. The other systems didn’t fit in the conditions and needs required for this project.”

 

– Sergio Castellar – Systems Manager of Pavapark

 

 

The smart parking solution was installed in a central commercial street, Avenida Santos Patronos, where there is a regulated parking area. Urbiotica provided a total of 70 U-Spot sensors. This system captures the data and transmits in real time the availability of free spaces to users through U-Display variable message signs located at each end of the avenue.

 

 

According to Sergio Castellar: “The system is located in a regulated parking area and therefore helps us to know the rotations and productivity of those spaces. It allows us to know how long a vehicle has been parked and when it exceeds the time limit, which in this case is 2 hours.”

 

Urbiotica’s system will be integrated into Pavapark’s Moviltik App, which is used to manage the parking payment. The system is accessed via API in order to incorporate the collected data and transmit information concerning the parking availability in the area through the app.

 

The Urbiotica solution implemented in Alzira is a win-win-win. Improved mobility clearly benefits citizens, who can park faster, easier and without stress. They are more likely to move to the city center if they can use and park their vehicle easily. Local commerce is revitalized. The parking operator, by improving the vehicle rotation, optimizes the exploitation of the regulated zone and obtains information in real time that allows him to make predictions and design actions and mobility policies based on real data. On the other hand, the City Council is satisfied with the improvements in the city, which is now more modern, technological and healthy for everyone. A Smart City that satisfies everyone.

 

 “We are really happy with the solution. On one side, we would like to point out that the delivery and supply of all the material is very fast because it is a proved and tested solution that works well. On the other side, the installation is not complex and the civil work that needs to be done is relatively simple. And above all, it is very important for us that when we have had urgency in times of implementation, Urbiotica has responded according to our needs and the technical support is immediate. The availability of Urbiotica technicians is total.”

 

“Alzira City Council was delighted with the implementation period we carried out and is satisfied with the service because they see that it is having a return and that citizens see it as an advantage.”

 

 

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Alzira

 

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Countdown for the sensorization of more than 700 spaces in Bento, Brazil

 

Rek Parking, Bento’s regulated parking operator, relies once again on Urbiotica’s smart parking solutions to enhance the service offered to the city. The project, currently in an initial pilot phase, will require more than 700 U-Spot parking sensors to be implemented in the city center to improve mobility while optimizing the management of the regulated parking area.

 

Bento’s mobility project began in early May on Rua Barão do Rio Branco and will be extended to other parking areas to provide citizens with real-time information about free spaces, retrievable for the users through the new Rek Parking application Rek Pay. Available for both Android and iOS, the APP will also allow payment for parking.  This will make it much easier for the citizens to park in the central parking area, thus reduce search time, traffic and consequently the pollution generated by vehicle congestion.

 

 

On the other hand, the system will allow an optimization of the management of the regulated parking area. Thanks to this solution the regulated zone staff will be informed when a parked vehicle has exceeded the time limit, which in this case is a maximum of 2 hours. It will avoid cars parked indefinitely, favoring the rotation of vehicles, as well as efficiency in the use, management and results of the regulated area.

 

 

This project, the fourth deployed with Urbiotica technology in Brazil, adds Bento to the cities implementing an urban mobility improvement plan, which is currently one of the main concerns and focuses of action in the country. This Smart City project also means clear progress and modernization for the city.

 

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Interview: Roberto García (Dinycon Sistemas)

 

Urbiotica had the pleasure to interview the CEO of Dinycon Sistemas. He gave us all the details about his experience deploying our parking solutions for their projects.

Dinycon is an engineering company with extensive experience integrating mobility solutions for people and vehicles.

 

Roberto, how did you get to know Urbiotica?

We came to Urbiotica because the market was demanding technological solutions and logically we valued the existing solutions and those that best suited that demand. In this path of research, we began to have the first conversations, then some first projects, and from there on we began to work with you. To date, there are already 3 or 4 projects of a certain magnitude deployed with your technology.

 

Have you had experience with other similar systems? Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others? 

We have tested other systems based on image analysis technologies, but they were not as mature as Urbiotica’s solution. We have also examined wired solutions, by means of conduits and with the same aim, but we had some problems with the civil works, the maintenance and the precision of the system. This is why we finally chose Urbiotica’s solution. It is much easier to deploy thanks to its autonomous sensors, which have a useful life of many years. We have already worked with the Urbiotica system for several projects and it has proved to be reliable and work very well.

 

 

Tell us about the latest project recently deployed in Aranda de Duero. You installed 272 U-Spot sensors to capture occupation information and transmit it through digital panels to drivers, thus improving mobility and user satisfaction. Could you give us feedback on the Urbiotica system installed there?

The system deployed has been the largest we’ve done so far. A major logistical planning had to be done with EYSA, the operator of the regulated area. In this case, all this has been deployed in the city center due to the level of saturation in the parking zone. During the entire deployment of the communications infrastructure, we were supported by one of your technicians to define the details of it. Your engineers were also with us for the plans and then we nuanced and precised all the location of these points.

The system has been working well and the panels are giving the corresponding information. I could also say that we have spoken with the regulated area parking operator and we have been told that they have already started to see positive results because they have detected that areas that were previously empty are now getting more rotation.

 

How Was Your Experience of Urbiotica’s Technical Support Throughout the Process?

The technical support you have given us in this and all previous installations has been excellent.  They have always been willing to help us. It’s very nice to have remote support to lend a hand when you’re in the field with a problem.  In moments when problems arose, they helped us to solve them in an agile way. We are very satisfied.

 

Tell us about the final client, EYSA and the City Council of Aranda. Are they satisfied with the solution deployed? What are the improvements or benefits of this system for them and the citizens?

The city council is delighted with the system and satisfied because it represents a technological deployment that positions Aranda as a pioneering Smart City in its area.

For EYSA the deployment of the system is also positive. The parking operator confirms that they have seen improvements and the parking areas are being used much more. With this project, they see an increase in the use of the regulated area and therefore notice an improvement in the results and an economic benefit of the operation.

Right now, citizens are in the adaptation phase. They are becoming familiar with the tools that are provided to find parking more quickly. In towns like Aranda, citizens have their customs and have to adapt little by little to the changes as they see the benefit of using it.

 

 

Finally, could you give us your general valuation of the relationship and the attention you received from Urbiotica?

It’s fine in every way. We don’t have any complaints, on the contrary, we like it and we are happy to be able to collaborate with companies like Urbiotica. I insist that it is important to have all the support. Especially in the moments of deployment when you are in the field working on the installation.

 

 

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Aranda del Duero

Aranda del Duero Town Council deploys 272 Urbiotica parking sensors in its Smart City project

 

The city council of Aranda del Duero joins the Spanish cities that install parking sensors in their desire to become smart cities. The local council seeks to improve mobility with this innovative technology, based on reducing by 30% the traffic that is estimated to circulate in the center of the city in search of parking spaces.

 

This ambitious Smart Cities project was included in the renovation of the regulated on-street parking management (allocated to the operator EYSA), with a clear objective of reducing pollution and driver discomfort, as well as to boost local commerce through improved mobility in the center. The concessionaire commissioned the integration of the project to Dinycon, an engineering company specialized in mobility solutions, who in turn chose Urbiotica’s technology as the basis of the data collection that today feeds the entire system implemented.

 

“We have tested other systems based on image analysis technologies, but they were not as mature as Urbiotica’s solution. We have also examined wired solutions with the same objective and we had problems with the civil works, the maintenance and the precision of the system. This is why we finally chose Urbiotica’s solution, which is easier to deploy thanks to its autonomous sensors, which have a useful life of many years. We have already worked with the Urbiotica system for several projects and it has been proving to us that it is reliable and works very well

 

Roberto Garía, CEO of Dinycon Sistemas

 

 

Dinycon commissioned Urbiotica with the 272 U-Spot sensors needed to install in the parking spaces of the regulated parking area with the mission of sending data in real time to the system of variable message signs and applications for users and managers, provided by the integrator. The data captured by the sensors is transformed into useful information to transmit the availability of free spaces in strategic points of the city, so that the driver can go directly to the area with parking possibilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Roberto Garcia: “The system works well. The panels transmit information accurately and you can see an improvement in traffic in the center and a better efficiency in the use of parking spaces.

 

This new system has clear benefits for the citizen. The streamlining of parking translates into a better experience for users being able to move quicker and more comfortably to the area, involving less stress and lower fuel consumption. In addition, it means an improvement for their health, both in terms of the reduction in the pollution generated by vehicle emissions as in the noise caused by excessive traffic.

 

On the other hand, managers are able to have real-time data on mobility in the area that allows them to plan and define improvement plans. It optimises the use of parking spaces and has greater control over the regulated zone. The citizens are satisfied with the improvements implemented, as well as the local commerce that sees the results in an increase in the affluence.

 

“The city council is delighted with the system and satisfied because it represents a technological deployment that positions Aranda as a pioneering smart city in the region.

For Eysa the deployment of the system is also positive. The concessionaire of the regulated parking area confirms that they have noticed improvements and the parking areas are being used much more. With this project they see an increase in the use of the parking area and therefore they see an improvement in the results and an economic benefit of the exploitation.

The citizen is now becoming familiar with the changes and in an adaptation phase. In towns like Aranda, citizens have their customs and have to adapt little by little to the changes as they see the benefit of using it.”

 

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LUGO SMART joins the smart cities in Spain that improve mobility by deploying Urbiotica parking solutions

Lugo is committed to becoming a Smart City in a macro project promoted by the Galician town council that aims to transform the town by setting different objectives, such as improving the quality of life of the inhabitants and the efficiency of public services and promote the participation and transparency for citizens through new channels of information collection and dissemination.

Lugo Smart has the backing of RED.es, which finances 60% of the 4.1M euros that this project represents. A joint venture has been created as a technological partner of Lugo City Council, in which Minsait (Indra), R Cable and Altia participate in an alliance.

Smart management of outdoor parking spaces and waste collection are some of the vertical services that will be developed. Through the integrator Colabora, 200 Urbiotica U-Spot sensors will be installed in the outdoor parking spaces of the Rúa Doutor García Portela area, as well as in the public parking of the Lugo City Council offices.

This solution will detect the presence or not of vehicles in each of the spots. This information will be used to transmit to citizens in real time the parking space availability in these areas through 2 information panels that will have solar power. The project also contemplates the development of an app for citizens through which users will also be able to consult the status in real time. This solution will reduce the time spent by vehicles searching for a place to park and, consequently, congestion and polluting emissions.

Lugo joins the pack of smart cities that have opted for the reliability of the Urbiotica system for outdoor parkings to improve the mobility and well-being of their inhabitants. Badajoz, Palamós, Alzira, Calvià, Aranda del Duero or Guadalajara, among many other Spanish cities, have done the same before.

 

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Urbiotica continues to lead the Smart Parking market in Germany thanks to MSR Traffic

Urbiotica’s Outdoor Parking sensing system keeps its first place with regards to the outdoor Smart Parking technologies used in Germany, thanks to the new projects deployed there during 2018 by means of our partner and distributor in the area, MSR-Traffic. A dozen of new projects for both public (cities) and private customers (companies and supermarkets) were installed in 2018, summing up a total of 10.000 outdoor spaces monitored in the region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) since 2013.

Among them, cities like Erfurt, Dingolfing, and Pfaffenhofen have made a step forward to their Smart City goals through the acquisition of outdoor guidance systems based on U-Spot single space detections and U-Flow counting solutions. Today they deliver real-time parking information to drivers, which facilitate the search for free parking spots and thus improve the mobility experience and citizen satisfaction.

Urbiotica’ solutions for outdoor vehicle detection are the ideal complement to MSR-Traffic core products, which include indoor detection sensors, guidance VMS and parking management software. The strengths of the integrated solution offered, covering all parking guidance needs, haven’t been overcome yet.

Another good example of both technical and functional complementarity of the partnership is the project of Bad Zurzach, the famous Swiss thermal station where citizens, visitors, and public authorities were very unsatisfied because of the lack of parking information which was resulting in traffic congestions, loss of time, stress and forbidden parking in the area. The system implemented by MSR-Traffic composed of single space detection sensors and Variable Message Signs has greatly helped to improve the situation and now is giving full relief and well-being to the thermal site owner.

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Harald Schmitt, CEO of MSR-Traffic, looks back over the 5 years of the partnership: “MSR-Traffic and Urbiotica have been pioneers of their kind and have been growing together through the deployment of many projects over the last years, to reach an excellent level of offering today. The combination of single space and counting systems gives us many possibilities for outdoor parking spaces, and the flexibility offered by both hardware network and software architecture combined to our own products allows us to offer quality and competitive seamless solutions to our customers.”

2019 is already shaping up to be excellent for the partnership thanks to the confirmation of several new customers, as well as extensions of existing projects. Keep posted!

 

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Urbioticas’ 2018 smart parking projects in Spain.

Spain is massively adopting Smart Parking systems to enhance the drivers’ journey into towns’ city centers. In 2018, many parking operators and cities have invested in outdoor guidance solutions to help people reduce the time looking for a free spot. Badajoz, Palamos, Alzira, Aranda del Duero or Guadalajara are examples of cities that have decided to modernize their parking approach through the deployment of U-Spot single space parking sensors for on-street spaces and efficient Variable Message Signs to deliver real-time parking information to drivers and thus improve the mobility experience and citizen satisfaction.

 

 

Besides the evident direct benefit for the citizens, the mobility decision-makers also make the most of the detailed and reliable historical information delivered by the U-Admin Control Center. It allows them to define further parking policies based on parking occupancy, amount of rotations and average sessions time evolutions.

 

Moreover than surfing on the Smart City wave, the consolidation of Urbiotica in the Spanish market is given thanks to the increased confidence of both cities and system integrators in its parking solutions. This is due to years of developments delivering optimal detection reliability, system robustness, and a unique end-to-end approach from the sensing to the information publishing, with no extra developments required. A long experience handing the end customers the key to manage their own outdoor parking guidance systems in an easy way.

 

2019 is beginning on the right foot with some new ambitious deployments already confirmed by cities such as Las Palmas, Alcala de Henares, Valencia or Lugo. These projects will also allow Urbiotica to deliver key improvements and add new use cases of which we will surely inform you all along the year!

 

 

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Urbiotica Smart Parking Solutions

 

Calvià smart parking guidance solution

 

L’Escala smart parking guidance solution

 

Eivissa smart parking guidance solution

 

Castellón smart parking guidance solution

 

Teruel smart parking control solution

 

Martorell public hospital parking guidance solution

 

Magnetic sensors or loops to monitor and inform on the availability of parking spaces in off-street parking areas?

The solution to monitor off-street parking designed by Urbiotica offers an efficient and highly reliable way to obtain availability in delimited facilities with clear entrances and exits.

The system calculates the available spaces based on the maximum capacity of the facility with respect to the vehicles entering and leaving the parking area. The parking solution uses magnetic sensors, which generate useful information to guide drivers through mobile apps and VMS in their key decision-making points towards these areas and alleviate traffic in city centers.

It offers many advantages compared to other solutions such as induction loops, historically used for the same purpose:

  • Simple installation:
    • No wiring required
    • Hardly any civil work needed
    • Just one gateway  required per facility, no matter  the number of existing lanes
  • No maintenance:
    • No need for calibration
    • No risk of cable cutting
    • Simple uninstallation and reinstallation when civil work is performed in the facility
    • Extensive 10-year lifetime

Besides these benefits, Urbiotica has developed a set of additional functionalities that stand out from similar solutions:

  • Driving way detection (with 2 sensors)
  • Automatic and continuous calibration and system correction factor to maintain information reliability above 95%. Mobile tool to set-up periodically the real parking occupancy
  • Full compatibility to work in combination with U-Spot single space detection sensor for reserved space monitoring, among others.
  • Full integration with guidance VMS and mobile app for off-the-shelf deployments
  • System management and data analytics through U-Admin platform

U-Flow Parking is already used by public and private parking today in more than 10 countries. Therefore, it’s helping drivers, employees and commercial area customers reduce the time looking for a parking space and thus the associated traffic, contamination and user frustration.

 

Harald Schmitt, CEO & Owner at MSR-Group GmbH, a major parking actor in Germany and Austria and one of the oldest users of the U-Flow Parking solution, testifies:

“We are deploying dozens of parking guidance systems every year.  Off-street parking had always been a headache for us when we used to deploy induction loop systems because of the operational difficulties and the poor information generated. We have tried several innovation alternatives in the last years until  Urbiotica’s U-Flow Parking solution finally brought us a reliable, robust and complete solution to offer to our customers’ useful information for their off-street parking areas.”

 

Jordi Casasayas, Arquitecto técnico de l’Ajuntament de Martorell, satisfied user of the U-Flow Parking solution since 2016, testifies:

“We realized that we had to indicate the availability of parking spaces to the users of the new hospital parking area. It is hidden beneath the building and barely had any visibility from the street. I studied the different market options and ended choosing U-Flow parking solution.

It was the only turnkey solution offering me the flexibility I needed:

  • It allowed us to install the controller close to the power supply source available without extra wiring
  • 3 VMS are installed in different city locations and connected by 3G
  • Our library’s off-street parking and our barrier system are also connected to the platform informatically.
  • I manage everything from a single web page.

After an initial learning period, the free spot information is really reliable despite more than 5.000 vehicles use the 200 parking spaces every week.”

 

 

 

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More than 3300 U-Spot sensors prepared for the Smart City project in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

 

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is making good progress towards sustainable mobility within the framework of a large Smart City project promoted by the City Council and Red.es. Urbiotica has been selected by UTE INDRA – SATOCAN to collaborate in the Smart parking vertical of this macro project of the technological revolution of the island: LPA intelligence Blue.

 

LPA Inteligencia Azul plans to implement several innovative actions, including the intelligent management of public parking spaces. For this action, the municipal company SAGULPA, as responsible for the management of municipal car parks (regulated and public areas), will implement more than 3300 U-Spot sensors in the parking area, which will capture real-time information on the occupation of spaces. This data will allow users to be informed of the availability of parking in the different areas through the information panels and by using the LPAPark APP. On the other hand, they will provide the parking management company with data related to the real use of the parking spaces in order to optimize their management and the efficiency of the car park.

 

We are very pleased to have been selected for this project because it is the largest implementation of Smart Parking systems in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. The key to being included:

– Experience in the implementation of large integral projects

– Sensing as a Service approach that allows the system to be installed without the need to remove parked vehicles or interrupt service to citizens.

– Guaranteed calibration of sensors over time without human intervention.

 

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Belgium is progressively adopting U-Flow parking solution for P+R

Belgium is one of the densest countries in Europe and has an exceptional architectural heritage to protect with beautiful city centers. The Belgian capital, for example, was renowned for gridlock and every day 225.000 people commuted into the city spending an average of 3 days and 11 hours a year stuck in traffic. Therefore, decision-makers’ years ago adopted and developed P+R (park & ride) solutions to offer an effective multimodality solution for drivers coming from the outskirts and willing to access the city centers.

To promote these wide, free and barrierless facilities, an increasing number of cities chose U-Flow Parking solution to monitor the parking availability in real time by using counting sensors at the parking entrances and exits, and thus inform it to drivers through mobile apps and VMS in their key decision-making points.

 

 

5 cities and one shopping center are already using the solution on a daily basis. They indicate the free space options and help drivers take the right mobility decision. In total, more than 10 parking facilities are making the most of the simplicity and completeness of the solution.

The real-time information, once transformed in historical data analytics, also helps the mobility managers and city planners study in detail the use of each parking: vehicles flow at peak hours, occupancy overtime, special events use, are some of the key information making possible the analysis of past and current situation to decide better where and when investments are required.

All projects have been deployed and integrated by Be-Mobile, the belgian leader for smart mobility solutions.

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Urbiotica will be attending CPA to support Electromega in the comercial launch of its smart parking solutions in Canada 

Urbiotica will be present at the next annual parking conference (CPA) taking place next September 16th in Toronto to support its new partner in Canada, Electromega, in the exhibition of its smart parking solutions.

CPA is the largest parking event in Canada. It brings together professionals from a broad spectrum of the parking and mobility industry using the topic: Parking, the urban mobility perspective.

Electromega, as market leader in the definition and implementation of smart solutions for parking vehicles, opted for our technology to complete its range of parking products. The integrator has already achieved great results in the first projects implemented, as is the case of the city of Burlington or other pilots installed in Ontario and Quebec, where the technology has once again demonstrated its reliability operating in very extreme weather conditions.

In the 2018 edition of the CPA, Electromega will present our smart parking solutions at stand 116/118. Visits can be booked in advance by sending an email to info@urbiotica.com

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 Annual parking conference in Toronto

Smart parking solutions

Proyectos de Smart parking implantados

 

 

Urbiotica will be exhibiting at the 2018 edition of ITS World Congress

Urbiotica will be attending the ITS World Congress 2018, the largest international congress for intelligent transport Systems (ITS) in Copenhagen from the 17th to the 21st of September.

 

ITS solutions provide the answer to some of the world’s most pressing and topical challenges, such as climate change, air quality, urbanization, congestion and traffic safety.

 

The congress will have a large exhibition area of 25000 square meters and expects to see some 10,000 attendees and 400 exhibitors.

 

The ITS World Congress 2018 is organized by ERTICO – ITS EUROPE in Brussels in collaboration with the host city, the City of Copenhagen; the European Commission; ITS America; and ITS Asia-Pacific

 

We will be part of  the Catalonian companies and tech centers showcasing at booth C1-082 presenting our cutting edge Smart Parking solutions. You can find us here:

 

 

Come and see us or book a meeting with our experts in advance by sending an e-mail to info@urbiotica.com

We will be pleased to help you!

 

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3rd parking guidance system deployed for Amazon in Spain

After San Fernando de Henares (Madrid) and El Prat (Barcelona), Amazon Fulfillment Center selected Urbiotica again to deploy the parking guidance system for its new facility in Illescas (Toledo). Satisfied by the previous experiences the company decided to propose a similar experience to its employees in Toledo, reinforcing its image of a cutting-edge company at first sight.

Thanks to the real-time availability information provided, drivers will be guided dynamically to one of the 2 parking areas offered by the site, in order to smooth the traffic flow at peak hour and ease the arrival of the vehicles. Two impressive ITINERE Variable Message signs will display the parking information collected by Urbiotica’s U-Flow Parking system deployed, which will be counting all vehicles entering and exiting the areas and communicating it to the U-Admin cloud platform.

Detail of the project:

  • 12 U-Flow parking sensors
  • 2 ITINERE VMS
  • U-Admin Parking Control Center platform
  • Turnkey project delivered with the installation and set-up of the system

 

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New free mobile App completes Urbiotica’s parking guidance system

From now on Urbiotica through a recent partnership, offers customers a free multi platform (iOS, Android, Windows phone)  mobile application to complete its  parking guidance system. The mobile application eases the search of free parking spots, allowing the drivers to better plan their trip in advance by consulting the parking availability from their departure point.

In addition to indoor and outdoor parking availability, the app also delivers key information for the users: prices, regulation and opening periods of the parking facilities, among others.

 

 

The same parking information is also available on a public website and through different navigation channels (as built-in and autonomous GPS systems), maximizing this way the diffusion of the information to all people driving to destinations near the parking options.

6 customers have already adopted the app to complete their parking solutions in Spain, Germany , Malta and Argentina. Urbiotica expects to have some 20 cities connected by the end of the year.

 

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Urbiotica sensorizes 1000 parking spots within the Rosario city IoT project

Rosario Municipality (Santa Fe, Argentina), adds IoT solutions at the service of citizens: 1000 sensorized parking spots to improve mobility at the city center.

 Rosario is the largest city in the province of Santa Fe and the third most populous city in the country. As is common in most of huge overpopulated cities, citizens support day-to-day annoying and endless traffic jams. In this specific case at Rosario’s city center, public parking spaces are a scarce. Great part of the bottlenecks are caused by vehicles searching for a free spot to park.

Tránsito Rosario, as the city concession parking holder, aimed to add IoT solutions at the service of the citizens. Our local partner Gradicom deployed our Smart parking guidance solution for them through which cars are guided directly to the free spots to consequently reduce the vehicles driving around and therefore improve mobility and the citizen life quality.

The project began with a pilot covering 10 parking spaces. After verifying the right functioning of the system as well as its good results during this period, we are about to implement the second phase which will embrace 1000 sensorized parking spots.

 

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Urbiotica announces the next launch of its U-Spot M2M parking sensor with NB-IoT communication

 

After several months working on the development of the U-Spot M2M, Urbiotica enters the final validation phase with the installation of the first prototypes in Barcelona.

 

The U-Spot M2M will be based on the new telecom industry-driven NB-IoT standard and will enable direct sensor-to-cloud communication without the need to install dedicated gateways.  Consequently, the installation and subsequent operation of projects will be greatly simplified and the total cost for the Client will be reduced.

 

The U-Spot M2M will expand Urbiotica’s range of parking products to address a broad segment of customers who need to manage reserved parking spaces such as PRM or Loading zones, which is one of the cities’ biggest headaches. These kinds of places are scattered, among others, complicating the installations from an economic and operational point of view by having to implement solutions with dedicated gateways.

 

“This is a very important step for us” explains Josep Mª Torras, CEO of the company, “We have actively analyzed the LPWAN technologies that have appeared in recent years, but until the arrival of the NB-IoT we have not obtained good enough results to be able to provide a M2M product to our customers with the same reliability and robustness that we provide with our Gateway solution.  We are convinced that the U-Spot M2M will open the door to new markets as it is an installable device in any country that has deployed NB-IoT or LTE-M network.”

 

According to Marc Boher, Urbiotica’s CCO, “Customers today expect much more than a reliable vehicle detection solution, they need a comprehensive solution that meets their management needs. In the last 2 years we have been focused on the development of a global guidance solution for urban environments that has allowed us to be positioned as leaders in this market segment.” As a complement to the new sensor U-Spot M2M, Urbiotica is working on a complete solution for the management of PRM and Loading parking spaces based on the experience acquired in the execution of these kind of projects.

 

The next steps towards a 100% market-ready M2M solution is to complete the validation phase and depends on the commercial launch of NB-IoT services by mobile operators. “Urbiotica is really satisfied with the first results and expects to be able to supply the first commercial units by the end of the year. The team works very actively with operators from several countries to make it happen very soon” concludes Josep Mª Torras.

 

 

 

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Urbiotica in final rush for Intertraffic Amsterdam where the company will present the new M2M parking sensor with communication NB-IoT

Urbiotica will exhibit at the Intertraffic Amsterdam 2018 fair from the 20th to 23rd of march, in the Smart Mobility Hall. During the event the company will present the recently announced U-Spot M2M with NB-IoT communication, with which Urbiotica completes its Smart parking product range.

The fair will also be the opportunity to show the over 30.000 entrepreneurs and professionals of the sector joining the event its fully integrated solutions for parking guidance and control: wireless magnetic sensors for single space detection and vehicle counting, dynamic message signs as well as software tools to manage the system and control the use of regulated parking spots. Regarding the control, the new M2M version of the U-Spot is a great step forward in terms of cost reduction and agility of the deployments. It especially opens a new way to monitor isolated spots, such as the reserved ones for persons with reduced mobility and loading areas, a major issue for the cities when talking about mobility. On the other hand, this new product will offer Urbiotica’s international partners great flexibility in project implementation, being a single product compatible worldwide.

 

 

Pass by our booth 08.210 at Smart Mobility Hall or book a meeting now with our experts by sending an email to info@urbiotica.com with the name of your Company, your contact details and when you would like to come around. We will be delighted to meet you!

To access the event, you can register and get your pass for free here.

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Intertraffic Amsterdam is the platform of choice for professionals from around the world to meet. It is a biennial must attend event to stay up to speed on the developments in the fields of infrastructure, safety, parking, smart mobility and traffic management, with some 800 exhibiting companies from 47 countries and a 30,000+ visitor attendance from 134 countries worldwide.

Urbiotica at ITS World Congress 2017 Montréal

Urbiotica will be attending the ITS World Congress 2017 in the Palais des Congrès of Montréal from October 29th to November 2nd.

The ITS World Congress 2017, produced by ITS America in conjunction with ITS Canada and co-organized by ITS Europe and ITS Asia-Pacific, brings together global leaders in intelligent and transformative transportation to showcase and evaluate the latest innovative concepts, active prototypes, and live systems.

Urbiotica will be part of the eleven Catalonian companies and tech centres showcasing at booth 829/831, and will also be represented by its local partner and distributor PTP at booth 1923. PTP will be demonstrating the Internet of Things space detection system already deployed in Burlington (Ontario, Canada).

New Smart Parking projects in Canada and Malta for Urbiotica

Urbiotica announces the deployment 2 new major Smart Parking projects in Canada and Malta.

The City of Burlington (Ontario, Canada) has recently selected Urbiotica and PTP to deploy the Smart Parking System in the city center. Burlington has been seduced by the performance of the new Long Range U-Spot 2.0 parking sensor as well as the flexibility offered by the U-Flow counting sensor for off-street parking. In total, 450 on-street parking spots and 12 off-street parking will be monitored in real time to help drivers find free spots quicker and reinforce control operations to improve the mobility. The 1st phase of the deployment is already operational in Locust Elgin Street. PTP has also successfully passed Urbiotica Certified Partners program and will be distributing the solution in Canada. They will be presenting the solutions this fall during the next ITS World Congress in Montreal.

Press news: http://globalnews.ca/news/3360910/burlington-ont-introduces-real-time-parking-data/

The City of Ħal Qormi (Malta) has also decided to trust Urbiotica and Infracore for its Smart Parking guidance system. The 1st phase of the project, concentrated in the city center, will be operational this summer. 125 parking spaces will be monitored with our U-Spot sensor to display in real time parking availability in each street, through variable message signs and a mobile application. Infracore has also successfully passed Urbiotica Certified Partners program and will be distributing the solution in Malta.

Watch Ħal Qormi official promotional video of the system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqHM0NkbJz4

Press news: http://www.one.com.mt/news/2017/05/24/jitnieda-l-progett-ta-smart-parking-technology-fhal-qormi-1/

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